WHEN: First Friday night of each month (except Jan)

WHEN: 8pm [Doors open 7.20pm]

WHERE: The Gerringong Town Hall, Fern Street, Gerringong.

Cost: $10 per person or buy a personal subscription - 11 films for $60! 10-film multi-tickets also available for $75 - to share or use for yourself!

Any questions? Email us at picsandflicks@gmail.com

Thursday, October 13, 2011



BAG IT: Is your life too plastic?

Bag It has been garnering awards at film festivals across the nation. What started as a documentary about plastic bags evolved into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies.

Bag It follows an ordinary man, Jeb Berrier, as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. We can’t live without it so we need to learn how to live with it! T

The film explores how our daily reliance on plastic threatens not only waterways and marine life, but human health, too. Bag It aims to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans and the simple things we can do in our lives to reduce our plastic footprint and prevent plastics entering the sea. 

 We have created a vast sea of floating plastic garbage, ensnaring and stifling sea life for miles and miles, and in several spots around the world. But does that affect any of us, who live in the mainland? Out of sight, out of mind, right?

But before you turn away shouting "guilt trip from the environmental tree-hugging extremists", this one is optimistic and hopeful, and certainly "must-see" viewing for anyone looking to educate themselves on the world and our unnecessary impact upon her.

Diverging from the simple plastic bag, "Bag It" also looks at plastics at large. Cheap, useful, and, in modern times, an essential part of our survival, this chemical-based building material has been a blessing and a curse on our culture. But as stated earlier, the likeable host here, Barrier (and his wife) provide enough comic relief and humility to make what could be heavy-handed easy-to-digest and to show that we have the ability, knowledge, and technology to make things so much better for our children. Do yourself (and your friends and family) a favor and see this!

Join the Bag It movement and decide for yourself how plastic your life will be.

PLUS!!!:  In July 2011, Tim sailed from Honolulu to Vancouver through the North Pacific Gyre to research plastic pollution in the Pacific Garbage Patch and is keen to share his experiences with locals in a Short Q & A after the film. 

Information: Warren McPherson 0427043621

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

ORANGES AND SUNSHINE - November 4, 2011


Oranges and Sunshine

Rated M

In 1986, Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphreys, (Emily Watson), is approached by Charlotte, (Federay Holmes), an Australian woman who wants to discover her true identity. Later, in a group therapy class, Margaret meets Nicky, (Lorraine Ashbourne), who laments the loss of her brother, Jack, whom she believes was sent to Australia as a small child, while she was brought up in an English orphanage. After further research Margaret discovers that Charlotte and Jack were just two of the many thousands of children who, in the 1950s and 1960s, were transported to Australia 'for their own good', told that they were orphans.

On her first research trip to Australia, Margaret reacquaints Nicky with her brother, Jack, (Hugo Weaving). She also encounters Len, (David Wenham), who masks his pain with his overbearing attitude.

This first feature from Jim Loach, son of Ken Loach, is a fine achievement. The story of the many thousands of English children who were illegally transported to Australia is a harrowing one, but Loach doesn't sentimentalise or over-dramatise it. The revelation that many of these children, who were placed in homes run by the Christian Brothers, were abused or forced into virtual slave labour, is an astonishing one - how could these things have happened in recent memory? Both Gordon Brown and Kevin Rudd, when they were Prime Ministers, issued formal apologies.

There are beautiful performances here from every member of the cast, and it's much to Loach's credit that he handles this potentially sensational material with such restraint. Above all, many scenes are incredibly moving.

David and Margaret say:

DAVID: Margaret?
MARGARET: Yes, it is. You're dealing with one of those primal bonds here, which is the parent/child thing and it's even more pathetic because these people are grownups very much into adulthood, and that pain is still there.

DAVID: Yes. Yes.

MARGARET: But, from both parents and the children.


MARGARET: It's the most outrageous thing that happened.

DAVID: It's an extraordinary story, isn't it? It really is.

MARGARET: And the fact that her delving into this was resisted so much by both the Australian and the British governments at the time.


MARGARET: This sort of like - they were forced finally to come out in the open about this scheme but, I totally agree with you. I think Ken Loach has really imbued his son with this idea of non-sentimentalisation of subject matter and he's really taken it to heart and it's such a heart-wrenching story that because of his restraint I just think it makes it more moving and I think Hugo and David are really outstanding, as is Emily Watson. They're all good.

DAVID: They're all good.

MARGARET: They all contribute to making this something really real.

DAVID: It's funny, when I was in Cannes last year, talking to Ken Loach, he said, "Oh, by the way, my son Jim has been making a film in Australia," and he said, "And I think it's pretty good." And I think he was right. I think it is pretty good.

MARGARET: I think he was right too. I'm giving it four stars.

DAVID: Me too. Four stars.